Holidays are a special time  of year. Like many customs and traditions, the celebration centres on enjoying food and drink with friends and family.However, this is a major problem from a health and fitness perspective.While it is important to enjoy food in holidays, try not to over do it!

How to Avoid Over-Indulging? 

-Starving Yourself Before Parties is Not a Good Idea
-Planning is needed to eat well and avoid over-indulging in treats dutring the holiday period.

Some tips to help you eat well and feel well over the festive season are:

  • Start the day with a light breakfast such as fresh fruit.
  • Stay away from ‘all you can eat’ buffets, as extra food is hardly necessary during the holiday season! Eat only until you feel full, even if there is plenty of additional food on the table.
  • Spread the main meal throughout the day rather than eating all courses at one sitting.
  • Leave the table feeling you have room for a little more rather than stuffed to the gills.
  • Minimize high-calorie snacks or meals.
  • Make sure to fit in some exercise. Go for a refreshing walk instead of snoozing in the armchair sipping alcohol.

What About Alcohol?

Alcohol is in abundance during special events. Don’t forget it can contribute greatly to calorie intake as well as give you an appetite to eat more.

Maximum limits on alcohol intakes per week are 21 units for men and 14 units for women. The limits do not change during the festive season. Make sure you are drinking sensibly all year round.

A unit is approximately equal to:

  • 1 glass (½ pint) beer • 1 standard glass (5oz/125mls) wine 
• 1 measure (1oz/30mls) of spirits such as: whiskey, vodka 
• 1 measure of liqueur/aperitif/sherry

-Remember that drinks served at home tend to be larger measures than in pubs or restaurants so you will need to be extra careful.

The following tips will help you enjoy your evening and a hangover-free morning:

  • Never drink on an empty stomach. 
• Always follow an alcoholic drink with a non-alcoholic one such as sparkling or flavoured water, fruit juice, soft drink. 
• Remember mixers, fruit juices, minerals, non-alcohol beers and lagers contribute greatly to calorie intake. Choose diet minerals, no added sugar diluted drinks, flavoured or sparkling or still water. 
• Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration and those awful morning-after headaches and nauseous tummy feelings. 
Remember, it is unlikely that any single factor will make a big difference to your holiday health and fitness.

 However, if you consistently incorporate several of these survival steps into your holiday lifestyle, you may find yourself in better shape for the New Year than you were any period before!